Guar gum, that is a kind of powder that you can use very handy to make your mixtures thicker and to improve consistency. For example, it is also added to foods such as cheese.
I had come across recipes a couple of times that you needed Guar gum for, so I could try them out. And even though my hair hates gel – no matter what kind of hair gel – I wanted to make a gel to see if it worked. And that worked very well! So today I want to share the recipe with you. 😀
– 60 ml of water
For the shelf life, it is best if you use demineralized water (ironing water). But tap water that you first boil is also good.
– 25 ml of honey
– 15 ml of glycerin
It may not be something you have at home, but it is easy to get through the internet. It is a by-product of soap. You can take a thicker oil as a substitute, such as a coconut oil or cocoa butter. You can also omit it, but then add more Aloe Vera gel (in total than 30 ml)
– 15 ml of liquid oil
It is important that the oil is really liquid, otherwise, you have to add more water or less Guar gum.
– 20 ml of Aloe Vera gel
Go for a clear Aloe Vera gel, then you know you have a good one.
– ¼ / ½ tsp Guar gum
Guar gum comes from the seeds of the guar plant. You add this to make your mixture nice and firm and thick. It also extends the shelf life of your gel. In addition, it makes your hair nice and soft and smooth and puts a somewhat slippery layer around your hair. You can make your own conditioner by mixing a little guar gum with a lot of water. I got it but you can buy it yourself at Pit and Pit. Half a teaspoon may seem little, but a little bit really does a lot.
– Optional: 15-20 dr. The essential oil of your choice
It is not necessary. If you don’t add it, your gel will mainly smell like honey.
– 15 ml of Benzoin
To extend the shelf life you can add some essential oil of Benzoin. Then it stays good for a few months. Without it the gel will last for 1 to 2 weeks. (Guar gum also has a preservative effect) I put mine in a special airtight pump to extend the shelf life even more.
- Heat the water, honey, glycerin, oil and aloe in a bain-marie. Make sure everything is well mixed and don’t let the mixture get too hot (it should not boil).
- Add the Guar gum bit by bit while stirring with a whisk. Really very small bits at the same time, because otherwise, you will get lumps.
- Mix everything to a firm, jelly-like consistency. If it is too thick, add some water. Try to take into account that the mixture gets a little thicker when it cools.
- Remove your gel from the heat and add the essential oils after cooling off if you wish.
No photo of my hair this time, because that would only scare you off and I just want you to try this gel. My hair doesn’t like gel. And it doesn’t matter if it is natural or not. It just doesn’t like gel. It becomes dry, fluffy, and stricter. And after multiple uses, I always have more problems with split points. Why? No idea!
Still, I had to test it on myself, and although this gel is already a big improvement on all the other 20 gels I have already tried, it was still not really positive experience. But that really depends on my hair, it is just incredibly stubborn at times. All in all my hair remained perfectly combed, the fluff and dryness was not as bad as with other gels in my case, it got a bit hard but was easy to break through – so it is a great gel cast for the Curly Girl Method – , it seems very thick but it spreads very well and is easy to distribute, it washed out very easily, it did not turn white after a while as some gels do, and the hold is really amazingly good despite the fact that I really only used a little bit. After fifteen minutes in a bun, I had a blow that stayed on all day. So a great gel, for whose hair does not react so strangely to gel at least.
I gave the gel to a friend, I am curious how she will find it.